Reinhart will have to wait for a new contract

Botterill said negotiations won't be this summer

Paul Hamilton
July 11, 2017 - 12:22 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - We’ve talked a lot about contracts for Jack Eichel, Robin Lehner and Nate Beaulieu, but Sam Reinhart is never mentioned. Both he and Eichel have one year left on their entry-level deals, but only one is in negotiations this summer.

Jason Botterill has talked about Eichel, but this is his first comment on Reinhart, “We’re always in dialog with Craig Oster, we just got a deal done with Larsson and we’re in communication with him on Lehner. It’s just an area where we’re excited with Sam, but I don’t think something from a contract standpoint will be happening this summer. We have him under contract for another year and we’ll see how things play out and go from there.”

Of course, Eichel is a different story according to the GM, “I’ve been through some of those discussions before when we did Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, you’re excited to get an elite player under contract.”

“Our conversations with Jack and the group have gone extremely well, we’ll continue those throughout the summer here and see if we can find a common ground because from our standpoint, we certainly want to get something done and from everything that we’ve heard from Jack and his agents, they want to get something done too.”

Robin Lehner is scheduled for arbitration on July 27th. Botterill said, “We’ve had good communication with Craig, things have been very good from that standpoint, you never know and hopefully we can get something done with them and I don’t see any reason why something can’t get done.”

Botterill said there are still roster spots open and they do have a little cap space. He said he always is looking for players, “We’re still engaging in some conversations with GM’s, but it’s a situation where it’s a little bit quieter there.”

“My guess is things will start heating up in the fall time. We’ll see how our players perform in the rookie tournament and main camps and we’ll certainly look at how to improve our team.”

Speaking of trades, one of the new defensemen on the Sabres will be Marco Scandella. When Phil Housley was in Nashville he was in the same division as Minnesota, so he knows a lot about Scandella. He said, “He’s a terrific player, he’s was a key element to adding to our team.” Housley added, “He’s a fierce competitor. He was playing behind some guys and wanted more minutes, he wanted an opportunity and luckily for us, we got him.”

Housley wants guys to get up ice and Scandella fits that, “The way he can skate, he’s mobile and a part of our team is going to be mobility and he brings that.”

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